Corliss Bean, PhD, CE

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Corliss Bean

Office: STH 346
905 688 5550 x5013

Corliss Bean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her research is focused on positive youth development through sport where she works with community organizations from local to national levels to develop, implement, and evaluate programming to foster psychosocial development. Corliss is also the co-director of the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport and a member of Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange’s Provincial Academic Network. Her research interests include positive youth development, life skill development, sport psychology, program evaluation, girls and women, and coaching.

Please see below for more details on undergraduate and graduate student opportunities under Dr. Bean and the Centre for Healthy Youth Development.

  • Behaviour Change
  • Positive youth development
  • Life skills
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Knowledge translation
  • Girls and women in sport
  • Postpartum physical activity


  • Credentialed Evaluator, Canadian Evaluation Society 


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Lesser, I., Turgeon, S., Neinhuis, C., & Bean, C. (in press). Examining the role of  physical activity engagement on psychological constructs and mental well-being of postpartum women. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  2. Bean, C., Lesser, I., & Ritondo, T. (under review). Women moving forward in pictures:  Using digital photographs to explore postpartum women’s physical activity experiences. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
  3. Hummell, C., Shaikh, M. & Bean, C. (accepted). Current state and future directions for youth sport evaluation practices: An empirical study. Managing Sport and Leisure.
  4. Newman, T., Turgeon, S., Moore, M., Bean., C., Lee, L., Knuettel, M., & Osmers Rahill, C.  (2022). The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athletic mental health. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  5. Dineen, T. E., Bean, C., & Jung, M. E. (accepted). Successes and challenges from a  motivational interviewing-informed diabetes prevention program situated in the community. Health Promotion Practice. doi:10.1177/15248399221115066
  6. Newman, T., Turgeon, S., Moore, M., Bean., C., Lee, L., Knuettel, M., & Osmers Rahill, C.  (2022). The dual pandemic: COVID-19, systemic racism, and college student-athletic mental health. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  7. Dineen, T. E., Bean, C., & Jung, M. E. (2022). Implementation of a diabetes prevention program within two community sites: A qualitative assessment. Implementation Science Communications, 3(11), 1-17.;
  8. Hummell, C., Shaikh, M. & Bean, C. (under review). “It’s Caused Quite an Awakening within the Sector”: Evaluation in Youth Sport during COVID-19. Managing Sport and Leisure.”
  9. Bean, C., Neinhuis, C., Proulx, J. Cash, T., Aknin, L. & Whilans, A. (2021). Coaches’ reflections of using a charity-driven framework to foster youth athletes’ physical and psychosocial outcomes. International Sport Coaching Journal. 
  10. Camiré, M., Newman, T. J., Bean, C., & Strachan, L. (2021). Reimagining positive youth development and life skills in sport through a social justice lens. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 
  11. Wurz, A., Bean, C., Shaikh, M., Jung, M. E., & Culos-Reed, S. N. (2021). From laboratory to community: Three examples of moving evidence-based physical activity into practice in Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community. 
  12. Shaikh, M., Bean, C., Bergholz, L., Rojas, M., Ali, M., & Forneris, T. (2021). Integrating a sport-based trauma-sensitive program in a national youth-serving organization. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 
  13. Bean, C., Shaikh, M., Kramers, S., & Forneris, T. (2021). Research note: Does context matter? Differences in program quality, basic psychological needs, and developmental experiences across competitive and recreational youth sport. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. doi:10.1177/17479541211001879 
  14. Camiré, M., Turgeon. S., Bean. C., Rathwell, S., Kramers, S., Sabourin, C., … Pierce, S. (2021). Development and initial validation of the Coaching Life Skills in Sport Questionnaire. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 53. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101845 
  15. Bean, C., & Wimbs, R. (2021). Running from (with) mom guilt: Exploring experiences of being a mother and training for and running marathons. Leisure/Loisir, 45(2), 245-267. doi:10.1080/14927713.2021.1874831 
  16. Bean, C., Kramers, S., & Harlow, M. (2020). Exploring life skills transfer processes in youth hockey and volleyball. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2020.1819369 
  17. Bean, C., Dineen, T., & Jung, M. E. (2020). “It’s a life thing, not a few months thing”: Profiling patterns and associated strategies of the physical activity change process for women with prediabetes over 1-year. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44(8) doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.09.001 
  18. Santos, F., Bean, C., Azevedo, N., Cardoso, A., & Pereira, P. (2020). Insights into using the implicit-explicit continuum of life skills development and transfer: The case of Surfing in SchoolsSage Open, 18 pagesdoi:10.1177/2158244020933316
  19. Shaikh, M., Bean, C., & Forneris, T. (2020). Six recommendations for youth sport stakeholders when evaluating their programs. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. doi:10.1080/21520704.2020.1746709 
  20. Kramers, S., Turgeon. S., Bean, C., Sabourin, C., & Camiré, M. (2020). Research note: Examining how coach experience and training affects coaches’ explicitness of life skills development and transfer. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. doi:10.1177/1747954120922367
  21. Bean, C., Sewell, K., & Jung, M. E. (2020). A winning combination: Collaborating with stakeholders throughout the process of planning and implementing a type 2 diabetes prevention program in the community. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 681-689. doi:10.1111/hsc.12902 
  22. Kramers, S., Camiré, M., & Bean, C. (2020). Examining program quality in a national junior golf development program. International Sport Coaching Journal. doi:10.1123/iscj.2019-0025 
  23. Bean, C., Shaikh, M., & Forneris, T. (2020). Coaching strategies used to deliver quality youth sport programming. International Sport Coaching Journal, 7(1), 39-51. doi:10.1123/iscj.2018-0044 
  24. Bean, C., McFadden, T., Fortier, M., & Forneris, T. (2019). Understanding the relationships between program quality, psychological needs satisfaction, and mental well-being in competitive youth sport. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (advanced online publication). doi:10.1080/1612197X.2019.1655774 
  25. Kramers, S., Camiré, M., & Bean, C. (2019). Profiling patterns of congruence in youth golf coaches’ life skills teaching. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (advanced online publication)doi:10.1080/10413200.2019.1596178 
  26. Shaikh, M., Bean, C., & Forneris, T. (2019). Youth leadership development in the Start2Finish Running and Reading Club. Journal of Youth Development14(1), 112-130 doi:10.5195/jyd.2019.674 
  27. Bean, C., Rocchi, M., & Forneris, T. (2019). Using the Learning Climate Questionnaire to assess basic psychological needs support in youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 3(2)1-22. doi:10.1080/10413200.2019.1571537 
  28. Alberga, A. S., Fortier, M., Bean, C., & Freedhoff, Y. (2019). Youth get a D+ grade in physical activity: How can we change public health messages to help reverse this trend? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(5), 567-570. doi:10.1139/apnm-2018-0479 
  29. Bean, C., Fortier, M., & Chima, K. (2019). Exploring challenges and strategies associated with the demands of competitive male youth hockey on mothers’ health. Leisure/Loisir, 4(1), 125-150. doi:10.1080/14927713.2019.1583075 
  30. Strachan, S. M., Bean, C., & Jung, M. E. (2018). “I’m on the train and I can’t stop it”: Western Canadians’ reactions to prediabetes and the role of self-compassion. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(6), 979-987. doi:10.1111/hsc.12628  
  31. Bean, C., Kramers, S., Camiré, M., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Forneris, T. (2018). Development of an observational measure assessing program quality processes in youth sport. Cogent Social Sciences, 4(1). doi:10.1080/23311886.2018.1467304 
  32. Bean, C., Solstad, B. E., Ivarsson, A., & Forneris, T. (2018). Longitudinal associations between perceived program quality, basic needs support, and basic needs satisfaction: A person-centered approachInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 18(1), 76-92. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2018.1462234 
  33. Bean, C., Kramers, S., Forneris, T., & Camiré, M. (2018). The implicit/explicit continuum of life skills development and transfer for youth sport. Quest, 70(4), 456-470. doi:10.1080/00336297.2018.1451348 
  34. Harris, S., Bean, C., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2018). Examining factors associated with psychosocial development and academic success among university student-athletes, PHEnex Journal, 9(3), 1-20. 
  35. Bean, C., Harlow, M., Mosher, A., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Forneris, T. (2018). Assessing differences in athlete-reported outcomes between high and low quality youth sport programs. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30(4), 456-472. doi:10.1080/10413200.2017.1413019 


Lesser, I., Bean, C., & Hatfield, G. (2022). Heart rate variability and self-compassion: Two tools to help postpartum mothers make exercise decisions. The Conversation.

Bean, C., Lesser, I., & Ritondo, T. (2022). From one mom to another: Tips for being active after welcoming a new baby. Sport Information Resource Centre

Lesser, I., Nienhuis, C., Bean, C., & Ritondo, T. (2022). Returning to exercise postpartum: Supporting women’s physical activity after the birth of a child. The Conversation.

Bean, C., Hummell, C., & Penrose, C. (2021). Ask the experts: Q&A with Chris Penrose about learning from and communicating evaluation findings. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Bean, C., Hummell, C., & Shaikh, M. (2021). Three recommendations for sport organizations when engaging in evaluation. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Romano, A., & Bean, C. (2021). Movement-based approaches to engaging youth in evaluation. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Harlow, M., & Bean, C. (2021). Blog writing: A powerful tool for student learning and mobilizing sport research. Sport Information Resource Centre Blog.

Book chapters

  • Bean, C., & Kramers, S. (2022). How sports can prepare you for life. In S. N. Thrower,  V. Shanmuganathan-Felton, & C. Harwood (Eds.), Frontiers for Young Minds: The psychology behind sports performance.
  • Bean, C., & Kramers, S. (2019). Coaching with intentionality: Working towards explicit approaches for life skills development. In F. Santos, L. Strachan, & P. Pereira (Eds.), Coach education for the next decade: The need for a positive youth development paradigm (pp. 63-76). Porto, PT: School of Higher Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
  • Bean, C. (2017). Program quality in youth sport and physical activity. In K. Peppler (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning (pp. 632-633). New York: SAGE Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483385198.n241
  • Forneris, T., Bean, C., & Halsall, T. (2016). Positive youth development programming with marginalized populations. In N. L. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development through sport (2nd ed., pp. 168-179). London: Routledge.
  • Forneris, T., Halsall, T., Bean, C., & Danish, S. J. (2014). Human development programming fostering well-being throughout adulthood. In A. R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A. Albuquerque(Eds.), Positive Human Functioning from a Multidimensional Perspective, 2(5), 79-94. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.
  • Program Evaluation in Recreation
  • Child and Youth Work in Community Recreation
  • Positive Leisure Science: Individual and Community Well-being
  • Recreation and Leisure Services Field Experience
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, the University of British Columbia (2020) 
  • Doctorate in Philosophy, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2017) 
  • Master of Arts, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2013) 
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (2011)

Dr. Bean is accepting applications from students interested in completing a thesis-based master’s. Those interested should read Dr. Bean’s current academic publications and locate an area of study that aligns with her expertise. In addition, Dr. Bean supervises directed studies courses at the graduate level (AHSC 5P60, AHSC 7P60) that complement her research interests and as part of the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport which often involves supporting a community sports organization. If you are interested, please reach out to discuss this opportunity.

Dr. Bean supports RECL 3P00, RECL 4P00 and RECL 4F27 undergraduate student opportunities that complement her research interests and as part of the Centre for Healthy Youth Development through Sport. If you have a research topic you would like to explore, please reach out to discuss this potential.